The WFE responds to FCA’s consultation on global sandboxes to test FinTech applications

By: The WFE Regulatory Affairs Team Mar 2018

The WFE has welcomed the UK Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) initiative to consult the market on broadening the reach of its existing regulatory sandbox, and reiterated its support for a globally coherent approach to FinTech.

The WFE believes there are significant benefits to integrated financial markets and supports strong common principles, approaches and supervisory coordination to promote financial integration and market integrity, whilst safeguarding supervisory coordination.

The full response to the FCA draws on the consensus positions agreed by WFE's global membership in a January position paper entitled FinTech in the Market Infrastructure Space. The position paper examined seven key areas in FinTech, and identified corresponding principles for markets authorities to consider when designing rules, standards and guidelines for FinTech in the market infrastructure space.

The FCA response also draws on the empirical evidence and data contained in the joint WFE-McKinsey report on FinTech in the capital market infrastructure space - entitled Fintech Decoded: Capturing the opportunity in capital markets infrastructure - which looks at potential uses of new technologies across the sector, and areas likely to see the most innovation. As part of its mission to further regulatory coherence, the WFE set up a member-only FinTech Working Group (FTWG) in 2017.

The purpose of the working group is to enable members to develop comprehensive and coherent industry policy positions to help shape regulatory thinking in this space, while also sharing information and best practice about new developments.

The WFE's FTWG comprises senior technology and innovation representatives from nearly 20 exchanges and CCPs globally.